Thursday, February 28, 2013

Destin, Florida

Mitch finished the biggest test of his life...Step 1! We celebrated by going on a trip to beautiful Destin, Florida. It was the best just to have Mitch all to ourselves, all day for a week.

We stopped half way in New Orleans which is a place I've wanted to see since we've moved to Houston. Rhett did so great on the drive. He had lots of friends to keep him company.

It had some really cool sights but felt pretty unsafe. We even watched a guy cut a bike lock and take off with the bike all while we were staring right at him. We weren't brave enough to chase him down.

 French Quarters, New Orleans

Jackson Square Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in the US!)

We had to have beignets from Cafe du Monde- donuts covered in a mountain of powdered sugar. The lady who took our picture made us put the sugar on our noses before she would take the picture. Rhett made us share them and he loved them- weird that he would like fried sweet bread covered in sugar! ha! 

The next morning we went for a run on the beautiful empty beach. Let's just say most of our trip was spent with 65 year old couples. I've never seen an older crowd at Wendy's for dinner. It was definitely the off season which was perfect because we had the place to ourselves!

This picture shows just how excited Rhett was to be out of the car after a 9 hour drive the day before! Ha ha I love his face!

We went to lunch at the Fisherman's Wharf and had some yummy fish tacos and looked out over the beautiful Destin boardwalk and harbor.

They had the cutest turquoise chairs, and even had his and her's water cups (pink and blue)



Since the ocean was too cold, the hotel swimming pool was probably Rhett's favorite part of the whole trip.

We also went to the cutest little village- Baytown Wharf. It was so charming and we watched a beautiful sunset right on the dock.

Rhett is reaching for a little girl whose mom is taking the picture. He was in love!

Rhett was obsessed with the shells in the sidewalks and did not stop walking around.

We wanted to have a beach day but it was just too cold. Mitch felt pretty stupid in his bright swimsuit while everyone walked past in their coats. It was beautiful though and Rhett was obsessed with the white sand! He got so much better at crawling on he sand. The best part was that the sand would just brush off because it was so fine. No shower needed.

We found a little playground and Rhett was loving the swing. Pretty sure it belonged to the nice resort behind us, but nobody kicked us off...


The sunset was so gorgeous again that night. The water is emerald green (none of these pictures show it) and the sand is pure white against the blue sky. 

We ate at a yummy legit Italian restaurant for dinner and loved every bite! We ate at lots of yummy places in Destin. Some of our favorites were the Donut Hole Bakery, Poppy's right out over the wharf, La Famiglia, Fisherman's Wharf, and of course Wendy's and Chick-fil-A. Oh and for breakfast, the hotel continental spread never disappointed (well only a little. but it was free) 

Mini golfing was awesome even though Mitch won by a couple of strokes. Hard fought battle. Look at the monkey. now look at me. now look at Mitch. He's on a rhino.

Good thing it was rainy the day we were supposed to leave or else we might have stayed a couple of days longer.

Our second time stopping in New Orleans felt much safer. We went to the beautiful City Park and saw the cute Storybook Land and sculpture garden.

Rhett loved the ducks and laughed every time they came up to eat his baby puffs. 

We had yummy pizza and then some amazing gelato at a cute little Italian parlor.

We loved our week in Destin and are planning our next trip there already! 



  1. Your post makes me hungry. I have heard the beaches in Destin are so pretty. Its so great you guys could have that time together all to yourselves! Rhett is unbelievably cute. You can send him to Philly any time. I think there is a non-stop flight from Houston.

  2. Wow! What an awesome trip! I have never been to New Orleans so I was enjoying your pictures. I have been to two Florida beaches. The white sand is amazing! What a little trooper Rhett was. Happy times!

  3. I can't stop laughing. Seriously, my eyes are watering I can't even see what I am typing. You copied the old spice commercia. That is just too good. Those white sand beaches look amazing. What a fun get away. You are lucky you live so close! It would be as pricey for us to go to Florida as it is to go to Hawaii!

  4. so glad you guys had a fun little vacation. i'm jealous. (i'm in dire need of a getaway!)